Building Vocabulary in the Content Areas Rachel Watson
What does the article say? There are a variety of ways of teaching students the “content area vocabulary.” This particular article covers 8 basic ways of teaching students the content area vocabulary, and… THERE ARE PICTURES! :]
8 Simple Steps Pre-reading Required Text Material Introducing a Topic Using an Anticipation Guide Previewing, Pronouncing, and Using Important Vocabulary Before Reading the Assignment Visual Representation Analysis Read-Alouds/Think-Alouds Graphic Organizers Summarizing Guide
Introducing a Topic Insert a short comic, joke, or newspaper clipping that pertains to the lesson or has one or more vocabulary words within it.
Pre-reading Required Text Material Provide specific questions to help the students focus on the content vocabulary Why does this character… If we are given X, how do we know… Compare this to… Give some specific details to… How does this remind you of…
Using an Anticipation Guide Use context clues from the text to grasp their attention and teach vocabulary True/False Fill in the blank Based on what you know already, draw an image…
Previewing, Pronouncing, and Using… Pick out different vocabulary words from the passage so the students know how to pronounce and use the words properly.
Read-Alouds/Think-Alouds As the teacher/leader reads a passage or a problem, have the students think of prior knowledge, brainstorming ideas, and questions.
Visual Representation Analysis Use a visual aid!
Summarizing Guide After reading, have them summarize what they read by using the vocabulary words!
Graphic Organizers We all know what Graphic Organizers are…